Pernod Ricard to acquire Rabbit Hole Whiskey | Cincinnati's Moyer Winery razed in fire | Smith Family Wines to discontinue Paraiso brand
June 14, 2019
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Pernod Ricard to acquire Rabbit Hole Whiskey
Pernod Ricard announced it will purchase a majority stake in bourbon brand Rabbit Hole of Louisville, Ky. The move will provide Pernod Ricard with a stronger position in the US' rapidly growing whiskey category and allow Rabbit Hole to expand availability nationwide in the next year.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (6/14) 
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Cincinnati's Moyer Winery razed in fire
A fire Thursday destroyed Cincinnati's Moyer Winery and its vineyards, but no injuries were reported. The 1972-founded winery recently changed hands, and the new owners intend to rebuild and replant.
The Drinks Business online (U.K.) (6/14) 
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Smith Family Wines to discontinue Paraiso brand
Smith Family Wines will retire its Paraiso, Irie and Alexander-Smith wine labels and return exclusively to growing grapes. The Monterey County, Calif., firm maintains 3,000 acres of wine grapes, which have "always been at the core of our business," said CEO Jason Smith.
Monterey County Weekly (Seaside, Calif.) (6/13) 
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Sonoma State U. to offer wine finance certification online
The Wine Business Institute at California's Sonoma State University is moving its certification in wine industry finance and accounting program online, with classes to begin Aug. 8. The coursework, previously offered on campus, requires two 8-week online classes to obtain the certificate, the university said.
North Bay Business Journal (Santa Rosa, Calif.) (6/13) 
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Trends & Innovations
Hotel bars dress up, join the party in San Francisco
Hotel bars, once considered stodgy and pricey entities in San Francisco's vibrant cocktail scene, are on the rise, thanks to enticing new drinks and elite mixologists and designers. Trendy bars at hot properties such as the Hotel G, Proper Hotel and Virgin Hotels San Francisco have achieved the coveted breakthrough of drawing locals as well as tourists.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (6/14) 
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SmartBrief Originals
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McDonald's move, Gen Z trends rated with readers
McDonald's sale of its corporate campus in Oak Brook, Ill., following the company's move to downtown Chicago caught SmartBrief readers' attention this week, as did a tale of Gen Z's influence on restaurant trends. Kraft's launch of Salad Frosting, a squeezable pouch of salad dressing designed to appeal to kids, topped this week's Top 10.
SmartBrief/Food & Beverage (6/14) 
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Government & Regulatory Affairs
King County, Wash., ordinance could bring more tasting rooms
A proposed ordinance in King County, Wash., would initially permit distilleries, breweries and wineries to operate tasting rooms in three parts of the county, with the possibility of eventually establishing a precedent for a county-wide code. Detractors express concern about possible contamination of farmland and increased land costs if speculators begin buying up property.
Kent Reporter (Federal Way, Wash.) (6/13) 
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D.C. group protests Trump hotel's liquor-license renewal
After being declined last year, a Washington, D.C., neighborhood advisory group is trying again to protest the liquor license renewal for President Donald Trump's downtown hotel, the Trump International. In a letter to the area's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board written this spring, the group again cited D.C. law's stipulation that liquor license applicants must be of "good character and generally fit for the responsibilities of licensure," arguing that President Trump doesn't meet those requirements, however this time, the case will move forward to a hearing or mediation.
The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (6/14) 
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Survey: Retailers understand that reverse logistics matters
Most retailers recognize the importance of reverse logistics, but only 3% have made investing in reverse logistics their top spend, according to an Optoro survey.
Retail Info Systems News (6/13) 
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On-demand delivery leads to last-mile optimization
The popularity of on-demand delivery has put pressure on distribution centers to optimize the cost and speed of last-mile deliveries, writes Gary Forger. Autonomous vehicles, including drones, may be part of the long-term solution to ensure delivery is flexible and fast, says Metro Atlanta Chamber supply chain director Ben Harris.
Modern Materials Handling magazine online (6/11) 
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Members save on Maxon Liftgates
WSWA and DSI present wholesaler members a program with Maxon offering significant savings when purchasing liftgates. Maxon offers the following to WSWA wholesaler members:
  • Exclusive WSWA wholesaler member pricing on Maxon liftgates
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To receive a customized quote contact DSI General Manager Ali Comeaux at 303-277-3359 or via email.
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